News - 27 Jan 2011
The idea of being able to become invisible, especially by simply covering up a person or an object with a special cloak, has a perennial appeal in science-fiction and fantasy literature.
News - 26 Sep 2015
For scientists to understand a system, they often push it to its limits. In geochemistry, that means putting minerals under extreme conditions and watching how they react.
This can be done in a...
News - 16 Mar 2013
Scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) in Germany have created a new synthetic hybrid material with a mineral content of...
News - 1 Nov 2008
From shells to bones, the skeletons of organisms contain small amounts of
impurity elements such as magnesium. Because the levels of these elements provide
important clues to past...
News - 4 May 2009
Sea urchins dig themselves hiding holes in the limestone of the ocean floor
using teeth that don’t go blunt. Weizmann Institute scientists have now revealed
their secrets, which might give...
News - 4 Mar 2015
For almost a century, scientists have been puzzled by a process that is crucial to much of the life in Earth’s oceans: Why does calcium carbonate, the tough material of seashells and corals,...
News - 30 Nov 2009
Single crystals of the mineral calcite -- the chief material in limestone
-- are predictable, homogeneous and, well, a little boring. But scientists have
long marveled at how biological...
This video shows the behavior of a newly cleaved calcite crystal that reconstructs when exposed to air. The Cypher AFM from Asylum Research captures this action by rapidly scanning the surface of the...
This movie was taken on the Cypher ES Environmental AFM from Asylum Instruments using blueDrive photothermal excitation.
Point defects on calcite, imaged in water by the Cypher AFM from Asylum Research.